Leaving human rights unredressed can hamper development: UN expert

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Pablo de Greiff

A United Nations expert has warned that leaving human rights violations unredressed can constitute an obstacle to development.

Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, spoke to reporters after presenting his report to the General Assembly on Monday.

He said when left unaddressed, human rights violations can create what he called "a downward shift in people's expectations" to avoid being in "a permanent state of defeated expectations."

The expert added that massive human rights violations "undermine people's possibility not just of trusting one another, but particularly of trusting the institutions of the state."

"So here again I am appealing to a very familiar argument in the development literature about the importance of civic trust or social capital which has been shown across regionally to have a positive correlation when it is high with economic development and a very negative correlation when it is low on the possibilities of development." (24")

Pablo de Greiff stressed the need to pay attention to the linkages between security, justice and development and to make sufficient resources available for work in these areas.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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